At last! Bulls stunned by Eastwood’s first victory

Kye Hall (centre) is about to be brought down to win Eastwood their second penalty during th e 4-2 victory over Bulwell on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Atkins.
Kye Hall (centre) is about to be brought down to win Eastwood their second penalty during th e 4-2 victory over Bulwell on Saturday. Photo by Rachel Atkins.

Eastwood recorded their first league victory of the season on Saturday as they stunned title-chasing Bulwell at Coronation Park.

A Jack Havron penalty and Anthony Bedward both equalised Bulwell goals in the first-half before Kye Hall marked his debut with a goal and Havron struck again to seal the win.

Eastwood dealt well with early Bulwell pressure with keeper Andy Fretwell making two early saves before Tyrone Gray curled in a fine effort to put the visitors in front on 16 minutes.

Eastwood eventually grew into the game and found new signing Hall to be a great outlet for removing the pressure, and it was he who created the equaliser as his shot was blocked by the hand of Bulwell’s Ashley Chadwick who saw red for the offence, skipper Havron netting the spot-kick.

Steve Wright headed a good chance over the bar for Eastwood before Bedward and Hall also went close, but Bulwell re-took the lead against the run of play as Conor Carter was left unmarked at the far post to volley home.

Eastwood were not to be too disheartened by the goal and pressed on. Their reward was an equaliser from Bedward, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area.

Bulwell had barely had time to re-organise themselves before Hall picked up his first goal for the club, getting on the end of a pinpoint long ball from Jake Danby and rounding the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net.

Fretwell stood firm and made a great save to preserve their lead, and in the later stages Eastwood began to control the game.

The decisive fourth came late on when Fretwell’s long clearance found Hall one-on-one again only to be brought down for another penalty which Havron once again stepped up to take, his spot-kick being saved but the skipper on hand to score the rebound deep in stoppage time.

The final whistle was met by a rapturous applause by the home faithful, their unwavering patience finally rewarded.